Title: Hear my prayer : music for chamber choir (abstract)
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Title: Hear my prayer : music for chamber choir (abstract)
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Language: English
Creator: Spencer, Aaron James
Publisher: University of Florida
Publication Date: 2007
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Summary of Performance Option in Lieu of Thesis
Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the
Degree of Master of Music

HEAR MY PRAYER: MUSIC FOR CHAMBER CHOIR

By

Aaron James Spencer

December 2007

Chair: Willard Kesling
Major: Music

On November 9, 2007 I presented a recital of choral music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in

downtown Gainesville. The program consisted of choral music written for small chamber choir, and was

specifically chosen based on the performance space and size of the choir. The acoustic at Holy Trinity

Episcopal is especially favorable to choral singing, and the choir's tone carries throughout the sanctuary.

The organ is easily capable of performing repertoire from a wide range of style periods.

The first half of the concert features Palestrina's simply and beautifully constructed Sicut cervus

sung from the back of the nave. The choir then moved to the front of the nave and performed Hear My

Prayer, a multi-section setting of Psalm 55 by Felix Mendelssohn. The work was written for soprano

solo, chamber choir, and organ accompaniment.

The second half of the concert contained works written for most a cappella chamber choir. The

first selection was Walking on the Green Grass by Michael Hennagin, followed by Aaron M. Zinter's

God of all the Nations. A jazz arrangement of a traditional madrigal followed with It was a lover and his

lass by John Rutter. We closed the recital with Samuel Barber's To Be Sung on the Water, followed by

another arrangement of John Rutter's, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit.

This program contained selections of varied style and tempo, and represented both a cappella and

accompanied works featuring both the piano and the organ. The choir is made up of friends and

acquaintances from all over the State of Florida, all of whom volunteered their time.




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